Currently, Elvira Crois is working on her research project ‘The Connective Organism: Towards a Participatory Approach to Genetics in Sensorial Theatre’ in preparation of a PhD. This project wants to answer to a current hiatus in the field of theatre genetics by introducing the concept of immaterial drafts, such as group dynamics, interaction and participation, and performer training. By mapping embodied interactive and participatory theatre practices, the research aims to disclose the influence of collective learning processes on the creative process and identify training methods to aid the performer in the development of their capacity to tend to an audience.
Through participatory research methods, the project looks into theatre practices across Europe, including the work of Katrien Oosterlinck (BE) (www.spatie.info), Sarah John/Carte Blanche (DK) (nhojharas.com) (www.cblanche.dk) and Myriam Lefkowitz (FR).
Elvira Crois holds an MA degree in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp. From 2015-2017 she worked as a socio-cultural worker in Schaarbeek, Brussels. Since 2017 she has taken up the role as assessor of Erasmus+ youth projects for the national agency JINT. Elvira is part of Apaya Network, a European network of young researchers who explore the poetics of sensorial theatre. Furthermore she is an organising member of the interuniversity doctoral course “What does it mean to be a researcher in 21st century Academia?” and co-president of the informal body of doctoral students of the department of literature.
CONFERENCE PAPERS & CONTRIBUTIONS
- Crois, Elvira & Oosterlinck, Katrien (2018) 'Shifting Spaces' Presented at International Colloquium Performing Intimacy, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, 4 October 2018-6 October 2018.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' Presented at International Conference “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies”, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao 23 May 2019-24 May 2019.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'Politics of participatory aesthetics: prototyping social relationships in performing arts' Presented at 14th NOFOD (Nordic Forum for Dance Research) Conference: Practice, Participation and Politics, Uniarts Helsinki, Helsinki 12 June 2019-16 June 2019.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'How to Bear and Conduct Collective Learning Processes? An Inquiry into Commoning Knowledge' Presented at International Conference Reclaiming Study Practices, KU Leuven, Leuven, 18 September 2019-20 September 2019.
- Crois, Elvira (2019) 'In Dissensus, We Trust: Prototyping Social Relationships in Participatory Theatre' In B. Tejerina, C. Miranda de Almeida & I. Perugorría (Eds.) Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies. Paper presented at Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Bilbao, 23-24 May 2019 (pp. 320-331).Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
- Crois, Elvira (2015) ‘Een leven pellen als een artisjok. Sensitief theater en presence’ Documenta 33(1): 53-75
- Crois, Elvira; Crombez, Thomas; de Smet, Sofie; Hendrickx, Sébastien; Stalpaert, Christel; Van Baarle, Kristof; Vermeulen, Pieter (2015) ‘Voorbij de kroniek. Over het belang van theatertijdschriften.’ Documenta 33(2): 10-32